Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I had the Bronco II painted with urathane back in '92, and it's just now starting to show wear. I took the BII to several of the shops that had given me larger quotes and asked them for a critique of the Macco job. To a shop every one complimeted the job and could not understand how they could do it so inexpensivly. I was very, very pleased, and still am.
In '98 I had the Dodge Caravan painted by Macco and it also came out well. It's holding up better than the OEM paint that was on the Caravan.
Macco uses Sherwin-Williams paint and that's high quality. I asked about the prepration that they do and they told me that they'll remove all badging, chrome, etc. that will come off, mask the glass, quickly rough up the surface and wash everhthing else down with a solvent. The solvent is about one step up from turpentine.
As for overspray in places where it should not be? There was none... they did an excellent job for the money I paid. I could not have been happeir with either vehicle.
So that took me to my next comment. Why not paint 'er yourself. From what I learned at Macco I figured I could do most of the work myself. In '98 I bought a 26 gal compressor and lots of air tools. Bingo... that's all I needed. I rebuilt the CJ's tub and went mentally ticked off all the steps Macco did. The paint cost me $60, and the reducer was $19. After finishing the tub repairs I roughed up the surface, washed it with acetone and started spraying. Two hours and 5 coats later... it was finished.
I'd made one mistake...I didn't know about paint hardeners. The paint would have cured lots quicker had I put some in the paint. I learned a lot about Technical Service help lines that week end, like I should have called FIRST. It was an enjoyable experience.
Now, with the metal tub replaced with fiberglass I'm just waiting now for a nice warm humid free day and I'll be painting again... Only this time I'm using Safety Yellow Hammerite paint. It should be one bright CJ when I'm done.
So, in conclusion:
1. I don't think you can go wrong with Macco, it's a Jeep for goodnes sake!
2. Do a little more research, buy the tools and paint and do it yourself.
3. Then you've truly got the bragging rights.
4. You're freeded from Macco forever!